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About the Project

The First Responder Immunization Project is a collaborative effort between the Chambers County Health Department, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that all First Responders are fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases within the state of Texas. Our commitment is to have Chambers County's first responders fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases and participating in ImmTrac2.

Target Audience

  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire
  • EMS
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Government Officials

Protect yourself against vaccine-preventable diseases

It is critical to increase vaccinations among first responders prior to deployment to a disaster area. In preparation to respond to an emergency or a disaster area, it is important for first responders to be up-to-date with all of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommended adult immunizations. In many instances, first responders do not receive recommended vaccines until preparing for deployment or when they arrive at the disaster site.

Since vaccinations do not provide immediate protection, this delay puts first responders at risk of acquiring these infections and elevates the potential to spread vaccine-preventable diseases upon return to their home community, especially among their immediate family members. Having complete immunization records in the Texas Immunization Registry of all vaccines that have been received helps in the evaluation of needed vaccines and avoids the need for revaccination.

First Responders: Please check with your healthcare provider now about updating all of your recommended and required immunization.

Required disaster response vaccines

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the immunizations required for those that respond to disaster include the following:

  • Tetanus
    • In accordance with the current CDC guidelines, responders should receive a tetanus booster if they have not been vaccinated for tetanus during the past 10 years. Td (tetanus/diphtheria) or Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) can be used; getting a Tdap for one tetanus booster during adulthood is recommended to maintain protection against pertussis. While documentation of vaccination is preferred, it should not be a prerequisite to work.
  • Hepatitis B
    • Hepatitis B vaccine series for persons who will be performing direct patient care or otherwise expected to have contact with blood or bodily fluids.
  • Tetanus and Diptheria Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Hepatitis B Fact Sheet (PDF)

Stay on schedule with ImmTrac2

When there's no time to think about your vaccination status, you won't have to if your records are stored in the Texas Immunization Registry. It's a free, secure online system from DSHS that consolidates and stores your immunization records. Talk to your provider or Chambers County Health Department about how to register in ImmTrac2.

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